A BITCOIN TECHNOLOGY COMPANY
Bitcoin is a permissionless digital currency. It is one of the most important inventions of the last 20 years. To know more about our commitment to Bitcoin, please see our statement.
We are building an implementation of Lightning. Lightning is a scalable instant payment network built on top of the Bitcoin blockchain; we believe it is a major breakthrough that will enable a whole new set of applications.
Why Bitcoin still matters
20 years ago, economist and Nobel-prize winner Milton Friedman predicted the invention of "a reliable e-cash". Bitcoin is actually much more than that! Not only does it allow the transfer of digital property without trusted third parties (a truly amazing feature), it is also open, censorship resistant and extraordinary resilient.
Most importantly, Bitcoin brought permissionless innovation to the world of finance. This is why its technology is so disruptive, and it is where the whole Blockchain buzz comes from.
In the past 8 years, Bitcoin has seen a growing number of competitors. How and why did Bitcoin stay relevant? Because despite all the buzz and marketing fantasies around the blockchain, the community always remained attached to what makes Bitcoin valuable: security and decentralization. Taking the time to think and do things the right way has been seen by many as stalling, but this is how Bitcoin avoided catastrophic failures like Ethereum's DAO hack and subsequent hard fork. What's the point of moving fast if it comes at the price of losing what makes you valuable in the first place?
In the meantime, the Bitcoin community has been hard at work. Yes, there have been (overly) passionnate debates, but these are now behind us. In fact, Bitcoin has never been in a better shape and its future looks very promising. There are more cryptographers and security experts working on Bitcoin that any other altcoin. Many improvements have been made on the protocol in the past months, and even more are around the corner: confidential transactions, sidechains, and of course the Lightning Network. And, needless to say, Bitcoin has never been hacked.
This is why Bitcoin is more relevant than ever.
Pierre-Marie and Fabrice have been working together for years.
At SAFRAN Morpho, they designed and built the world's largest biometric search engine from scratch (UIDAI project in India, 1.2B records).
They specialize in complex, distributed, and high performance systems.
Pierre-Marie is passionate about both technology and entrepreneurship. He considers himself very lucky to have the opportunity of building meaningful products and services for such a major innovation as Bitcoin.
Fabrice started programming when he was 11 and spent many years as a systems architect in the Defence and Security industry. When he first heard about this amazing new technology he had his doubts, then he saw the light and decided to work fulltime on Bitcoin.
Founded in 2014, ACINQ is a French startup building products and services for the Bitcoin ecosystem. We are a team of four based in Paris.
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We currently have no open positions but we are always looking for talents. If you are a highly motivated and talented individual wanting to work on bitcoin tech we would love to hear from you!
Please send your application to [email protected].